Sound — 8
Fightstar's new record has been eagerly anticipated within the Fightstar fanbase. And now it has been released. Now all fans may be thinking this will be a great album, and thankfully, I am the bearer of good news. Their sound from 'Grand Unification' has been carried on into 'One Day Son...' and their new songs are arguably better. The opener '99', as many will have heard, is a great opener, and is well written. Following that is the most recent single 'We Apologize For Nothing'. This is a bit anti climactic, as the second single never really lives up to it's predecessor. 'Deathcar' is probably the best song from the album. The raw aggression of the intro followed by the calmness of the verse is a great combination. This technique is sometimes a bit overused, as some parts of songs sound strangely alike, for example the verse to 'I am The Message' sounds awfully like the intro to '99'. Fightstar's covers of Deftones' 'Minerva' and 'My Own Summer (Shove It) show through style wise in some of 'Amaze Us'.
Lyrics — 8
Altogether, Fightstar's new album lives up to the hype. The rugged screaming vocals of Charlie contrasted with the calm singing of Alex works very well in songs like 'Deathcar'. Lyrics are tough to write, so I will give Fightstar credit for that. The almost euphoric chorus' lyrics are very well written, and create a sense of satisfaction and contentness. The lyrics and singing skills tie in very well with the style of music that Fightstar play. The vocal swapping is very effective, singing a line each and overlapping the last word. The singing of Charlie has undoubtadly improved from 'Grand Unification' and their EP, and Alex Westaway has became more confident and his singing parts have grown. 'One Day Son...' is a much needed profile boost for Fightstar, there wasn't much coverage of their older tracks such as 'Paint Your Target' and 'Grand Unification Part 1'.
Overall Impression — 8
This new album is on par with their last album, it adds something new to their sound without changing their musical intentions, contrasting to some other well known bands (not naming any names, but you know who I mean). Fightstar are definately one of the main bands in their genre, and these will be the band to beat. There are many 'Marmite' moments, that you either love or hate, for example some of the verses seem hastily written and aren't as effective, and some of the screaming parts may not appeal to some people, otherwise they are very good at writing their songs. If I lost this album, I would most certainly rebuy it.